Set Completed — 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA

ImageThis is the fifth (and final) WHA set that O-Pee-Chee would produce. The WHA would survive for one last season–1978-79–before being absorbed by the NHL but no cards were made. I started pursing this set as part of a 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee master set (NHL, WHA, and Glossy.) This is the first set I’ve actually finished. Minor, yes, but I’m still pleased with myself. ūüôā

As with most of these sets, this one is small, only 66 cards. (The 1976-77 set had 132.) This includes a checklist and a special, commemorative¬†card of Gordie Howe’s 1000th professional goal. I love this card. The design is funky, childish even–it almost looks like a book order sticker or mark–but I still love it. Ditto the facsimile signature, all-plexiglass boards in the background. If only Gordie was wearing a Whalers jersey. It’s his penultimate card as an active player, he’d appear in the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee/Topps set before hanging it up for a second and final time in 1980. Don’t forget, he was a rookie with the Red Wings in 1946.

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Nice little write up on the back but no stats? I love the shadowed 9 background.

Some other highlights from the set:

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#8 — Real Cloutier

The greatest logo of all-time.

Image#9 — Joe Daley

The photo enlarger had to be broken at the O-Pee-Chee art department that day.

Image¬†#25 — Mark Howe

He’s the second of three Hall of Famers in this set.

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¬†#28 — Dave Dryden

Great Spider-manesque mask, Dave.

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#38 — Richard Brodeur

Great studio shot. I love the look of old, all-brown pads.

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#41 — John McKenzie

I had no idea Pie Face played for the Whalers. How did I not know this?

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#50 — Bobby Hull

This is also Bobby’s next to last card.

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